The main criticism of Alex Smith is that he doesn't put up mind blowing stats, and people coin him as a "game manager". But those fantasy football fanatics don’t understand a damn thing about being a real Quarterback, and here is proof:
Look at former and current QB's who put up big numbers and break countless of records (mostly passing yards):
Drew Brees: 1 super bowl
Aaron Rodgers: 1 super bowl
Dan Marino: 0 super bowls
Brett Farve: 1 super bowl
Steve Young: 1 Super Bowl
Total amount of SB Victories: 5
I put out these names of stat whoring QB’s because each one of them participated in a Super Bowl. As you can see, not anyone of them won more than one Lombardi Trophy. Coincidence? I say yes.
Now let’s take a look at the other Quarterbacks who also participated in Super Bowls, but never put up lavishing stats and was/is labeled a "game manager" and plays like one:
Tom Brady (during Super Bowl run, even though tainted with spygate): 3 Super bowls
Troy Aikman: 3 Super Bowls
Terry Bradshaw: 4 Super Bowls
Ben Roethlisberger: 2 Super Bowls
Eli Manning: 2 Super Bowls
The great Joe Montana (Now before any of you call me crazy, I did mention QB’s who played like "game managers"): 4 Super Bowls
Joe Flacco (Who just won one recently, but criticized for being terrible during the regular season): 1 Super bowl
Total amount of SB victories: 19
What point am I trying to prove? That quarterbacks who do their job correctly and manage the game like they should, have won 40% of the 47 Super Bowls played, where as New Age QB’s like the ones I mentioned has only 10% of said Super Bowls. You need a good system to succeed.The Chiefs have a better chance at actually winning a Super Bowl with Alex Smith than they would with QB’s like Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick and all of the other Fantasy Football type of QB’s. Alex Smith is an elite QB whether you like or not because he proved it the last 1 ½ years that he is efficient with the ball. But today’s new NFL rules makes it almost impossible to lay a finger on the QB without getting a fine/suspension, making chucking the ball in the air 40 times a game very realistic.
But all in all, I think this year should not be a fun year, but a year for Alex Smith and the Chiefs to prove something. We had too much fun, for 43 years actually. But now, we are serious. I could care less if we win 9 games next year, as long as we get to the playoffs and do what we need to do the bring back the Lamar Hunt trophy along with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
(If you see any type of grammar, please don’t trash me about it, it’s my first fan post so I would like some positive feedback if you got any).